Public, Society Benefit

The Ahmad Foundation

Care and Compassion for All

Warrenton, VA

Mission

To assist those in our community that are in need of help and assistance by raising the necessary funds to meet their specific needs.

Ruling Year

2017

President

Shaun Ahmad

Main Address

314 Singleton Cir

Warrenton, VA 20186 USA

Keywords

Child hunger, child abuse, domestic violence, homelessness, scholarships and grants

EIN

82-2025299

 Number

3959880962

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

There are a number of issues facing residents of the State of Virginia, and more specifically, the counties in Northern Virginia. Some of the biggest problems include child hunger, child abuse, domestic violence, homelessness, and a lack of funds and resources for lower income children to attain a higher education. The Ahmad Foundation brings a commitment and passion to better serve those that are victims of abuse, violence, or unfortunate circumstances that have left them in need of assistance. Through its Board of Directors comprised of experienced and successful individuals, as well as decades worth of local ties to the community, the Foundation looks to serve the local region in the best possible way. It has a firm commitment to donate to the recipients in an expedited fashion so that those contributing to the Foundation can be assured that their funds are going directly to those that are in need of it the most to assist them as quickly as possible.

Our programs

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Where we work

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

hrough extensive research, discussions with experts, and numerous meetings, the Foundation determined that it wanted to focus on five core areas of the community that needed to be addressed:

1) Child Hunger
2) Child Abuse
3) Domestic Violence
4) Homelessness and Family Shelters
5) Educational grants and scholarships for low-income students

It is the goal and mission of The Ahmad Foundation to raise as many funds as possible to help those in need in an expedited and efficient manner.

The Ahmad Foundation's solution is to approach the five identified areas of need with three specific steps.

The first step is to raise awareness around each individual issue. One of the biggest reasons for funding shortfalls is a lack of public understanding of the problem. There are plenty of people willing to give to charitable causes. The problem is they aren't always aware of which are in most need. They defer by giving to those that are the most popular or advertised the most, which are often the ones that have the greatest funding. Usually, these are national or international nonprofits. Many of the local charities and issues for which they were founded are overlooked due to a lack of awareness.

The Ahmad Foundation will seek to increase knowledge and understanding by use of the website, flyers, email newsletters, in-person conversations, telephone calls, and social media. By making those in the Northern Virginia region aware of the problems at hand, there is a greater likelihood of receiving donations.

The second step is to raise funds . This will be done through a variety of methods. The Ahmad Foundation will apply for grants and awards, be active in the community at various events seeking to raise, use crowdfunding and social media, visit various religious institutions seeking pledges and donations, and will sponsor various events once a quarter to raise awareness along with accepting donations.

The third step is to distribute the funds to the various programs and entities that are providing the services that are of need to the areas specifically identified by the Foundation. General donations to The Ahmad Foundation will be segregated and distributed in order of highest priority or urgency levels. The donations that are marked by the donor to go to a specific cause will be distributed through the appropriate channels to reach the recipients in as expedited of a fashion as possible.

The Ahmad Foundation brings a commitment and passion to better those that are victims of abuse, violence, or unfortunate circumstances that have left them in need of assistance. Through its Board of Directors comprised of experienced and successful individuals, as well as decades worth of local ties to the community, the Foundation looks to serve the local region in the best possible way.

It has a firm commitment to donate to the recipients in an expedited fashion so that those contributing to the Foundation can be assured that their funds are going directly to those that are in need of it the most to assist them as quickly as possible. With The Ahmad Foundation being a small nonprofit organization, it does not have the overhead expenses such as rent, salaries and wages, or debt that many others are faced with. As such, the Foundation will be able to donate a greater percentage of each dollar received than most organizations.

The Ahmad Foundation has specific benchmarks to measure success. The Ahmad Foundation's projections show $27k in revenues earned for Fiscal Year 2018. The fiscal year is defined as July 1 - June 30. In the first year, it is expected that the greatest amount of donations will come from individuals, particularly during the start-up phase and first round of calls. Crowdfunding using various mediums will be the second largest source of income with grants and awards being the third. Revenue is expected to grow by 163% in FY2019, as it will be the first full year of operations. The largest source of funding will be grants at $15k and individual donations at $15k. Crowdfunding is expected to be the third largest source with $12.5k. Fiscal year 2020 is expected to see a 145% increase in funding. The projection is based on the Foundation becoming more experienced and seasoned while exiting its start-up phase. With greater name recognition, donor lists, marketing resources, network, and geographical footprint, it is reasonable to expect a rise in donations. Grants are projected to be the greatest source of income followed by individual donations and crowdfunding.

The Foundation has successfully donated more than $3,000 to an emergency relief fund to Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. We have successfully raised funds and bought every item off of the "Wish List" of Fauquier Family Shelter Services. The Foundation is in the process of fundraising to eliminate the student loan debt for all Fauquier County Public Schools. Additionally, coats and winter clothing are being donated to the Foundation to distribute to children in need. The Foundation is also in the process of partnering with Fauquier Food Bank to collect canned and dry foods to distribute to those in need within the County.

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

No

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No